Income support for individuals

Over the next six months, the Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited COVID-19 supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight. 

This supplement can be accessed by employees who are stood down or lose employment, sole traders, self-employed, casual and contract workers who meet income tests. It also includes people caring for someone affected by the virus. 

Asset testing has been waivered, but income testing still applies. The waiting period has been waivered. There is an accelerated claim process when joining online.

Example

Leonie is in her mid-30s, with two dependent children aged 10 and 12 and works as a telephone consultant for a travel agency. The Coronavirus has caused the travel agency where she works to close for a six month period, and resulted in Leonie’s hours being reduced to zero. Leonie will be eligible to apply for JobSeeker Payment and the Coronavirus supplement under the new streamlined process.

Leonie can apply online and make a declaration about her identity, residency status, income and that her hours have been reduced to zero as a result of the Coronavirus.
Leonie is eligible for Jobseeker Payment and will receive $1,171.50 per fortnight, comprising:

  • JobSeeker Payment single, with dependent child rate of $612.00 per fortnight; plus
  • Energy supplement of $9.50 per fortnight; plus
  • Coronavirus supplement of $550 per fortnight.

Leonie will also receive Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B of $483 a fortnight.

Having recently left employment, Leonie is already job ready.

An employment service provider will look to match Leonie’s skills with available opportunities (for example, in another call centre) so Leonie’s skills can be used in another industry and Leonie can get another job quickly.

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